• High Data Rate Reed-Solomon Encoding and Decoding Using VLSI Technology

      Miller, Warner; Moakis, James; Goddard Space Flight Center (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1987-10)
      Presented as an implementation of a Reed-Solomon encoder and decoder, which is 16-symbol error correcting, each symbol is 8 bits. This Reed-Solomon (RS) code is an efficient error correcting code that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will use in future space communications missions. A Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) implementation of the encoder and decoder accepts data rates up to 80 Mbps. A total of seven chips are needed for the decoder (four of the seven decoding chips are customized using 3Fm Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconduction (CMOS) technology) and one chip is required for the encoder. The decoder operates with the symbol clock being the system clock for the chip set. Approximately 1.65 billion Galois Field (GF) operations per second are achieved with the decoder chip set and 640 MOPS are achieved with the encoder chip.